Sunday, 29 October, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
33 Alfred Street, Sydney

Held in the 33 Alfred Street office tower, the Otis sponsored and AMP Capital hosted VIP Reception allowed conference delegates, many of whom were tired after a long day of travel, to relax, network, and take in the stunning views provided by Australia’s first skyscraper. Seen from the curving outdoor viewing deck on a warm evening, Sydney Harbor unfolded below the half-circular viewing deck, with a perfect sunset dancing on the waters. CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood introduced the event’s hosts and sponsors, and guests were treated to warm remarks from a few of the conference’s highest-profile delegates, including Vice Chairman Dave Malott, Founder and CEO, AI., Louise Mason, Chief Operating Officer for AMP Capital Real Estate, and Robin Fiala, Senior VP of Marketing & Strategy, Otis.

Mason related the special affection AMP Capital has for 33 Alfred Street, which is its corporate headquarters, and referred to the major reconstruction about to take place next door at AMP Centre, which will become the new Quay Quarter Tower, and AMP’s new headquarters.

“Our vision is to create a new precinct on Circular Quay, elevating it to its rightful status as the gateway to Sydney,” Mason said. “Quay Quarter Tower will not only be revolutionary in terms of its appearance, but also because of its design from the inside out. We’re excited about this project, and the legacy it will leave for all of Sydney and for future generations.”

Fiala also paid tribute to 33 Alfred Street, citing its role as a cutting-edge building when it opened in 1962, with Otis elevators. The company returned to renovate the vertical transportation system in the early 2000s. But, Fiala also wanted to speak of the future.

“We all recognize that data analytics, intelligent machines, the Internet of Things, are changing how products are designed, how buildings are designed, and what customers expect from us,” Fiala said. “Our next generation of elevators will be smarter, and our service business will be too. We’ll use predictive technology to fix things before they break. We’ll also be delivering the kind of personalized experience that passengers expect. Working with our partner companies in United Technologies, we will deliver the safest, most reliable elevators on the market.”


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33 Alfred Street

About 33 Alfred Street

Often regarded as Australia’s first skyscraper, 33 Alfred Street was the first building to officially break the 1912 Sydney Height of Buildings Limit and became Australia’s tallest building upon completion in 1962. The concept design for AMP’s new headquarters began six years earlier as AMP started negotiations with the Sydney City Council and in 1957, submitted an application for permission to exceed the height limit of 150 feet to the New South Wales Chief Secretary, initiating 12 months of investigations by the state government and the Sydney City Council. After a revised application was submitted in 1959 for a tower set back on an urban plaza with the building footprint covering only 55 percent of the total site, permission was granted for construction to begin.

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